Tiny red veins can appear in many areas of the body that are most common in areas such as face veins and leg veins.
“While blood’s in our veins we won’t go unnoticed.”
Face veins historically have been a tricky problem; they grow as subtly as a child through the years, until the day you notice them again – ‘Oh my! How much you’ve grown!’
Face veins may appear tiny at first but, if left untreated, there is a very high probability that they will continue to grow and expand. The most common areas affected by veins on the face are around the nose, just above what we call the “nasolabial fold” (the line that goes from the side of the nose down to the corner of the mouth).
Dependent upon the patient’s lifestyle and genetics, these veins may grow at a rapid rate or at a relatively slow rate; however, what is certain is that they will unfortunately forever continue to grow if left untreated.
Sometimes, these lines may appear more prominent in men, often because the majority of men don’t have the ability to cover these blemishes with make up. This is one of the most common indications that we face at PHI clinic and, fortunately in 2016, we have solutions.
Treatment for facial veins
With the use of light therapy, we can target redness on the surface of the skin and reduce its appearance with the use of a pulsed dye laser.
The laser is specifically designed to target anything that is red; the device hand-piece will be placed over the area of redness and the laser energy will be administered specifically targeting the affected area.
Although we may be able to remove most of the veins, there is no certainty that all can be removed so it is important to understand that the treatment may have limitations dependent upon the extent of the indication. These limitations will be discussed at your consultation to ensure your expectations can be met. However, if you are experiencing early signs of red face veins around the nose or any other areas, then we may be able to provide a solution by reducing them.
If pulsed eye laser treatment is recommended for you as a patient, you would need to embark on a course of 2 to 6 treatments approximately three weeks apart.
Is anybody suitable?
This is an excellent question. I know in some cases that patients are not suitable, especially if the patient is pregnant or breastfeeding. In these cases, no laser treatment will be permitted at PHI clinic.
We have also actually received a large number of enquiries from patients of Asian descent. While rosacea was always considered a symptom for Caucasian skin, it is actually found to be prominent in many other skin types, too.
There is also another big “no-no” when it comes to treatment with a pulsed dye laser – this is suntan. Any laser treatment when performed on suntanned skin can have adverse reactions, in some cases causing hyper or hypo pigmentation.
If the patient wishes to receive face vein treatment and has a suntan we will ask the patient to return approximately four weeks later with a suntan has subsided and we can commence the first phase of vein treatment.
What's face veins treatment like?
The treatment is comfortable and relatively fast, taking approximately 20 minutes per treatment. The patient is comfortable and will feel a light heat sensation when the treatment is administered, which quickly subsides after application.
For more information or to book a consultation, contact us at PHI Clinic now on 0207 0345999.